Photograph, Bagging Oysters; Unknown Photographer; 1899; BL.P663
Photograph, Bagging OystersAbout this object
This is a photograph of three men bagging oysters in 1899.
Oystering has been economically important to Bluff since the 1860s, where it began commercially in the shallow waters around Rakiura (Stewart Island). The shallow beds were decimated quickly and the focus of the industry moved towards Bluff in 1879 when deeper-water oyster beds were found in the Foveaux Strait.
Since the beginning of oystering in Southland, there has been a race to get the first catch back to shore and this practice continues to this day; some vessels now being met by helicopters for the swiftest delivery possible.
1899Inscription and Marks
On reverse, handwritten in pencil top R corner 'P663'
H/w in blue pen on adhesive label '3'
H/w in pencil centre L upside-down '4 3/8 x 3 1/2'
H/w in blue pen centre 'A'
H/w in blue pen '86/2' followed by illegible
H/w in pencil bottom L 'Donated by Mr Bill Robjohns, Bluff'
H/w in blue pen bottom R 's/s 3'
h 89 mm x w 111 mmObject Type
organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper, photographic paperObject number
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